Police arrest man who cheated several women
A 60-year-old confidence trickster, who had cheated several woman of millions of rupees on the promise of marrying them was arrested by the Galle Police yesterday.
Police said the suspect was a resident of Piliyandala area and a father of two children and that he was arrested when investigating a complaint from a woman, a senior officer in a government department, that he had robbed her of Rs.1.67 million saying he would marry her.
The suspect, had responded to a marriage proposal appearing in a website and visited her and promised to marry her.
He had told her that he was a graduate of the Gandhi University in India and a holder of diplomas in engineering from universities in England and Switzerland and that he was now in charge of several projects at the Hambantota Port and the Koggala Investment Zone and a shareholder and director of a reputed company.
Her parents had believed what the suspect said and made arrangements for the wedding of their only child.
Meanwhile, on another day during a sudden visit, the suspect told her that he was in need of money to invest in another project and he would share the profits with her. The unsuspecting woman had parted with
her entire savings amounting to Rs.1.67 million.
Before long and to her utter dismay, she realized that she had been duped by a seasoned racketeer. All her attempts to contact him over the phone being unsuccessful, she complained to the police.
Police said their investigations had revealed that he had cheated several women in this manner. They said a warrant had been issued for his arrest by the Kandy Magistrate’s Court on a similar charge. Police said the suspect’s son was aged 25 and his daughter 23.
Police arrested him at the Maharagama town with the help of a WPC who acted as a decoy. A senior police officer said several women had fallen prey to the confidence trickster, but remained silent fearing further embarrassment.